• Tips for Scheduling Kids’ Sleeping Schedules for a Good Night’s Sleep


    No matter your age, good sleep is always something to strive for, and that’s more achievable for some than it is for others. Kids also require a good night’s rest to ensure they are happy and healthy the next day. Not to mention, a well-rested kid learns and keeps focus in class better than a groggy one. Try using these five tips to make sure your child gets the rest they need, when they need it.

    • Start Teaching Bed Time Habits Early: Teaching your kids about the bedtime routine while they are still young makes the idea of a set schedule a given. Once they get used to brushing their teeth, hopping in bed for some reading, and getting under the covers by 8pm, you’ll likely see less fuss.

    • Skip the Naps: Napping is a good revitalizer during the day, but for kids, it gives them energy at night that should have been exhausted during the day. This can lead to a well-rested child, but also one that can’t fall asleep at night. Try skipping the naps and getting to bed a bit earlier.

    • Wind Down Before Bed: Going to be early is far less appealing to a child than simply indulging in a relaxing activity before bed. Get your kids in sleep mode before you try and force them under the covers, and you may find they go a bit more willingly.

    • Prevent Overstimulation: Trying to fall asleep with the TV on, while listening to music, or while starry lights dance around the room can often end up in an overstimulated child. This encourages mental activity, which keeps your child awake when they should be dozing off.

    • Commit to Your Schedule: When you get your schedule planned out, stick with it. Variation in your nightly routine can make your child think every night is a free-for-all. Instead, apply some structure to your night and get their bodies used to shutting down at a reasonable hour.